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My New Home Studio Is Complete.. 17 | Nov

...and feeling much like, well, home! My favorite part besides having my wife always nearby are these angled, wing style shelves. I have one for each palette set to a comfortable height for grabbing brushes and color while painting (right) or mixing paint (left). But I couldn’t completely leave the lovely steasel behind, so a magneted painting rag and palette knife holder made the cut. Lastly, in keeping with a small footprint, the color and medium shelves were installed down low, out of the way of future paintings, but still close by.

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Dawn Chorus… 17 | Nov

...is the title of this diminutive 4x4” painting with a ton of detail in the cypress knees. It is a fitting title for one of my favorite spots among the black water of the Edisto River. It is now on view at RLS.
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This Little Study… 24 | Apr

...is close to being completed. -jb.

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Here Are… 18 | Mar

...a few photos of my latest painting, "Write My Lines." -jb.

A Quick Glimpse… 18 | Mar

...into my studio through this progression of photos shows my easel and the process that defines my painting. The first block of photos is the first layer being completed. You can see the black and white reference photo that I used to sketch out shapes which will define the areas of light and dark. Then as I paint, I recorded the colors that I used for each element of the painting, in this case from background to foreground, or  from top to bottom. The color study is the tall skinny strip below the painting.

After completing the first layer, I take a break to simply look at what I've accomplished and decide where the painting needs to go (usually while working on another painting). Once I know, I sand the painting smooth to remove the brushstrokes while hopefully leaving as much paint as possible. Using the color study from the first layer, I mix the paint for the second layer, painting it over the first on the color study to see how the change will affect the painting. These shifts can often be minute, but they are extremely important to capture the realism of the scene.

Using this method, I am free to paint the second layer without much of a thought to color, which allows me to focus solely on tightening and refining the detail of the painting. Unfortunately internet colors and low resolutions don't do it much justice, but the details are there, and the shift from one layer to the next is often quite remarkable! I often feel the first layer is tight and restricted, a rough draft if you will, while the second pass allows me to be more intimate and flowing with the extra understanding the shapes and feel of the painting. A light glaze (a mostly transparent layer of paint suspended in a painting medium) adds to the foggy atmosphere of the painting and a varnish follow, which completes the painting in four layers. 

I hope you've enjoyed this small glimpse into my process, and thanks for following what we do! -jb.

This Is My… 04 | Dec

...latest finished painting, “10,000 Acres Waltz.” It is oil on panel and measures 11 x 11”. $3,200. -jb.

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I’m Always Painting… 22 | Oct

...but not always painting the same painting. This is one that I started at the beginning of 2019, but have only worked on it in an on again, off again fashion. 

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Working this way, I get to take a break from the other thing I have going, or have something to continue on with while the other painting I’m studying dries.

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You are scrolling back in time to see its earlier layers; below is the first layer of opaque paint completed.

 

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The finished product should be up in a week or two once the this one dries enough for a glaze and a varnish.

 

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When My Wonderful Wife… 02 | Oct

...tells me there is a place I need to see, it always puts a smile on my face for the results are usually future paintings. This Sunday proved no different, with a little help from the trusty ladder and even trustier Subaru!

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When I just want a quick extra few feet in height, I simply climb up the window and onto the roof of my car.

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The result is a semi-birds eye view of the landscape, just enough to enable you to see the winding shapes made by the creek.

 

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The image above is simply taken standing; the focus is the shoot of light streaming through the landscape. While below the opposite approach is taken, as I was sitting in the grass to get the spartina wisps to create a foreground.

 

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Three different approaches to catch three different places! -jb.

Sometimes I Forget Things… 11 | Sep

...like finishing a painting once it has been painted. But with a glaze, a varnish, and a frame repaint, this one is done, done, done! Come drop by RLS to check it out, and this Friday night from 5-8pm will be opening night for our 15th anniversary show!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m So Close… 06 | Jun

...to finishing this painting. So I thought I would post five photos of it so you can see what six weeks of painting looks like. Scroll down to go back to the first layer of paint

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